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Title: Morphology in Toulouse
Subtitle: Selected Proceedings of Décembrettes 7 (Toulouse, 2-3 December 2010)
Translated By: Nabil Hathout
Fabio Montermini
Jesse Tseng
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 51

This volume contains a selection of the papers presented at the 7th Décembrettes, an international conference on linguistic morphology held at the University of Toulouse – Le Mirail on December 2-3, 2010. Since 2002, the Décembrettes have brought specialists of morphology to Southwestern France on a biannual basis, and have become one of the major conferences for scholars in this discipline. Over the years particular attention has been paid to the relationship of morphology to other disciplines, including linguistic typology, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. Overall, twenty-six talks and posters were presented at this seventh edition, reflecting the variety of approaches and methodologies to be found in present-day morphology. The papers presented here propose studies of both inflectional and derivational morphology drawing on data from a wide range of typologically diverse languages. They propose synchronic and diachronic analyses, combining theoretical and empirical methods.

They include empirical studies of large amounts of data, theoretical discussions of fundamental issues, typological and experimental studies.

Introduction: Morphology in Toulouse (Nabil Hathout, Fabio Montermini, Jesse Tseng), Inflection class interactions (Matthew Baerman), Bare N(ominal) N(ominal) concatenations in Turkish: Compounds or syntactic fallacies? (Metin Bağrıaçık, Angela Ralli), Causative light verbs in Mandarin (and beyond) (Bianca Basciano), Prefix units in the mental lexicon (Hélène Giraudo, Madeleine Voga), -iser and -ifier suffixation in French: Verify data to ‘verize’ hipotheses (Stéphanie Lignon), Natural selection in self-organizing morphological systems (Mark Lindsay, Mark Aronoff), Stage level and individual level readings of dispositional nouns (Fabienne Martin), Adjectival bases of French -aliser and -ariser verbs: Syncretism or under-specification? (Fiammetta Namer), On the structure of reduplicants: Iconicity and preferred form in reduplication (Thomas Schwaiger), Selkup denominal adjectives: A generalized paradigm function analysis (Andrew Spencer).

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783862884124
Pages: 252
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